Every now and then a new artist totally takes your breathe away, emerging fully formed and ready to rumble – meet London-based Carmen Rosa.
We could list off all the people Carmen has collaborated with from Kygo to Ben Pearce to Rhodes and Wildes, but this isn’t really about them. Her sound falls firmly into the Lana Del Rey, Banks, Jessie Ware school of sensual and alluring modern darkwave pop. Carmen herself describes it as walking a “fine line between light and dark… there’s an uplifting sadness.”
Debut track ‘Wild One’ (premiering here on the BEAT) is pure class and comes with it’s very own Alex Brown (he’s responsible for vids from La Roux and Tinashé) directed video that taps into Carmen’s South American heritage. The empathy drenched track – out 24th February via Hometown Records – is an ode to her wild child sister, here’s what Carmen had to say about it:
She’s my half-sister and I massively admire her, she’s had a very different life to me. She’s been through some dark stuff and we didn’t see her for a while, but then she came back into our lives and managed to get over all of that. Now I’m trying to look of things from her perspective, to think about how when you try and come back from that experience and start again, you just want to be accepted and loved and be able to let that all go.